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Bouillabaisse: Dem’s Fighting Words!

I am reblogging this post about Marseille’s wonderful bouillabaisse in the hope you all enjoy the post as much as I did.
I have a few other reasons to post it:
1. I’ve been nominated for Sweet Blogger Award and thought a foodie blog would honour that award.
2. Marseille is European Capital of Culture 2013 and there are exciting events happening all year.
3. I am going for a long weekend next month and this post has set my taste buds going already.

Eat Till You Bleed

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Have a glass of Pastis, watch a Marcel Pagnol movie or look at Paul Cezanne’s paintings and get yourself into the mood.  Today is all about Marseilles and real Bouillabaisse.  We had a passionate discussion over dinner, and I am still convinced there is no other city in the world that argues more about its specialty than Marseilles.  Sure, New Yorkers think those crappy pizzas that are synonymous with their city are good (what else would a Chicago boy say?) and are vocal about it.  Chicagoans are fervent of their beautiful deep dish pizzas.  But the level of enthusiasm pales in comparison to that of Bouillabaisse.  In Marseilles, family members cease to be family members, neighbors’ houses razed while they are on vacation and gardens gnomes gone swimming with the fish Godfather style over the correct Bouillabaisse fish.  Marseilles even has a charter that TELLS you, rather than guide you…

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